The BFA curriculum is an expanded version of the Certificate in Fine Arts program, with additional general education courses, core courses, and major courses. While providing training in the traditional studio arts, the program also addresses new requirements in fine arts education and the changing demands of the visual arts profession with its courses on electronic media, photography and new production methods.


1. To produce graduates who are well trained and highly versatile in both studio art practices and visual design and communication, as well as in traditional and contemporary art making, and in art history, theory and research in the visual arts.
2. To promote the study, enrichment and preservation of the traditional and contemporary art forms in the Philippines.
3. To contribute to the development of competent art practitioners, visual arts teachers, and cultural workers.

Admission Policy

University rules and policies on admission and transfer will be followed. Applicants to the Bachelor of Fine Arts may be admitted as freshmen on the basis of their (1) performance in the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT), (2) weighted average in the first three years of high school, and (3) choice of UP college/unit. Additionally, they must pass the Talent Determination Test, interview and portfolio reviews which are all conducted only once every midyear.

Foreign applicants and students transferring from other schools may be admitted, provided requirements set by the University are met.

Retention Policy

A student in the BFA or CFA program must maintain a cumulative average of 2.50 or higher in all sophomore- and junior-level BFA/CFA courses to remain in the BFA or CFA program. The cumulative average of 2.50 or better must be maintained until the 2nd semester of junior year. Should a student fail to meet the retention rate, s/he shall be put on probation with the requirement to earn a cumulative average of 2.50 or better the following semester. The student shall be disqualified from the program if s/he fails to meet this requirement.

Shifting Policy

Any student who wishes to shift to BFA or CFA should have accomplished the following requirements: a) completed a minimum of 30-credit units, b) earned a 2.50 average for all GE courses taken, and c) passed the Talent Determination Test (TDT), interview and portfolio reviews which are all conducted only once every midyear.

Program Curriculum and Structure

BFA Curriculum

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